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12-hour Gaza cease-fire to start Saturday

Caption:A Palestinian youth walks on debris as he inspects damages following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on July 24, 2014. Fifteen Palestinians were killed today when an Israeli shell slammed into a UN shelter where hundreds of civilians had taken refuge, sending the death toll in Gaza soaring to 788 despite world efforts to broker a ceasefire.
Caption:A Palestinian youth walks on debris as he inspects damages following an Israeli air strike in Gaza City, on July 24, 2014. Fifteen Palestinians were killed today when an Israeli shell slammed into a UN shelter where hundreds of civilians had taken refuge, sending the death toll in Gaza soaring to 788 despite world efforts to broker a ceasefire.
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The Israeli military said a 12-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza will start Saturday morning.

The military said in a statement that the lull will start at 8 a.m. local time Saturday and end at 8 p.m. local time. The statement warned that the military "shall respond if terrorists choose to exploit" the lull to attack Israeli troops "or fire at Israeli civilians." It also said that, "operational activities to locate and neutralize tunnels in the Gaza Strip will continue."

A Hamas spokesman, Sami Abu Zuhri, said earlier Friday that the group had agreed to a 12-hour lull, starting at 8 a.m. local time Saturday.